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Sirmilik National Park of Canada

Trip Planning Information

Packing for the Trip

In loading your backpack, weight must be kept to a minimum but nothing essential must be left behind. Here are a few key items to bring for a trip into Sirmilik National Park.

Personal gear:

  • Rain gear
  • Windproof pants and jacket
  • Parka with good hood
  • Fleece jacket
  • Quick-dry pants and long underwear
  • Long-sleeve, non-cotton shirt and undershirt
  • Toque or balaclava
  • Mitts-over-mitts with liners, change of each
  • Sturdy hiking boots
  • Gaiters
  • Toilet gear - avoid strongly scented cosmetics

For river crossings:

  • Neoprene booties and sandals, or spare sneakers
  • Ski poles or walking stick

Shelter:

  • 3-season tent and groundsheet - water-proof and able to withstand strong winds
  • Sleeping bag - a good 3-season bag or a winter bag from September-May
  • Sleeping mat

Cooking:

  • Food - dried or freeze-dried, avoid smelly foods
  • Backpacking stove and fuel (fuel must be bought locally due to dangerous goods transport laws).
  • Water Treatment Kit or enough fuel to boil all water for 5 minutes.

Safety Equipment:

  • First-aid kit
  • GPS
  • Satellite phone (Communications) and/or single-side band radio and/or programmable radio and/or PLB (we strongly recommend a satellite phone)
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen and insect repellent.
  • Topographic Maps

What NOT to bring:

In National Parks of Canada it is unlawful to possess a firearm without a permit. The exception to this regulation is for beneficiaries of the Inuvialuit Final Agreement and Nunavut Land Claims Agreement. They may carry firearms when engaged in traditional activities within national parks in their land claim area.

Stove fuel, bear deterrents and many noisemaking devices used to scare bears away are deemed dangerous goods and are prohibited from transport on aircraft. You will need to buy stove fuel in the community where you begin your trip and leave any unused fuel behind. Outfitters in both communities often accept leftover white gas. See the section on Safety in Polar Bear Country for more information on the use and transport of bear deterrents and noisemaking devices.